This pandemic has taken a lot from us. Nights out, wedding receptions, our sanity…just to name a few. But there is one thing I am not letting it take from me. Good hair days.
Yes COVID-19 has made good hair days a little more tricky, but with some sound advice and styling products- good hair days are still possible. So here is Katherine Ashleigh’s guide to having an amazing blowout that you can give yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Step #1: Start with a Good Shampoo and Conditioner
Any good hair day starts out with a solid shampoo and conditioner. I’m talking salon quality. You would not go to a dry bar and expect your stylist to use Suave products on you. So please, don’t expect amazing results when you are cheaping out on garbage products like that. I said what I said!
I personally love either the z.ONE product line or Moroccanoil line. I have color treated hair and find that that both of these designers do a great job of helping to maintain color and clean my hair without stripping it of nutrients. So on a day I am giving myself the works I start with either milk_shake Colour Care Shampoo or Moroccanoil Volume Shampoo. If I just had a dye job on my hair I go milk_shake, if it’s been a few weeks then I go with Moroccanoil.
As far as conditioners go, I would recommend just using the counterparts to these shampoos. I would not use a deep conditioning mask, as it may weigh down your hair and cause less volume and bounce to your blowout results. IAs much as I love a good deep condition- today is not the day.
Make sure you are only applying conditioner from your ears and lower- I find applying it to your roots down causes your hair to be heavy and won’t have as much volume. And as always wash your hair in lukewarm or cool water. This helps your hair to retain moisture and shine. Remember recently colored use milk_shake, if not go for Moroccanoil
Step # 2: Detangle and Brush out Your Hair
After you shampoo and condition your hair, avoid towel drying. The reason behind this is because you don’t want to wick out any of the expensive nutrient you just added to your hair. Instead comb your hair out, add the volumizer and wait a few minutes for your hair to absorb the product and air-dry a little bit.
Be sure to use a spray-in conditioner to help detangle and protect your locks from the heat and abuse it is about to endure. Pick a spray in conditioner or detangle that leaves your hair feeling clean and light- nothing that will add build-up or coat your hair with residue.
I have been using milk_shake spray-in-conditioner for about 5 years now, and still haven’t found a product that does a better job. It’s such a lightweight detangler it’s ridiculous. You have to use it pretty liberally but it always leaves my hair smooth and shiny.
Step # 3: Add a Volumizer + Heat Protectant
Once your hair is combed out and tangle free, the next step is to prep for the actual blowout. Using great products here is crucial- you want to help lock in moisture, prevent damage and add texture and volume. Beware of using anything too harsh- some volumizers will make your hair feel crunchy and hard. Don’t use any insane mouse or extra-firm hold products. Hair is supposed to feel light and bouncy!
I love using a vitamin-rich volumizing foam to continue to nourish your hair while adding height and bounce. My go-to volumizer is R + Co Rodeo Star Thickening Foam. This stuff is amazing. It contains Vitamin E– which helps to condition and protect your hair, Kiwi Fruit Extract– which helps to add moisture to the follicle and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract will help to strengthen your hair. It’s by far the lightest foam I have used and will help to hold volume all day and night. Use a golf ball amount and work evenly through hair. (Volume used will vary depending on hair length and thickness- golf ball is average amount.) A little of this goes a long way- so start with less and see how far it gets you. Gently work through your hair, ensuring the earlobes down are covered.
The last step before we start bowling- use a thermal protectant. This is very important for maintain your hair’s health. Blow-drying, curling irons and straighteners fry the sh*t out of your hair. Adding a thermal protectant will help your hair dry quicker (lessening the damage) and add a protective layer. I love,love,love Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray. Very effective at cutting down drying time (like cuts it in half). And will help to prevent any frizzies.
Step # 4: Blowout with a GIANT Round Brush
The time has come! We have cleaned and conditioned, detangled, added volumizer and protected. Let’s blow this b*tch out!
- First start by roughly drying your hair so that it is a little less than half dry. We just want to make sure your hair isn’t sopping wet.
- This is the part where you want to add the attachment nozzle that came with your dryer. If you no longer have it- no worries! You can still get a good blowout. It’s just a bit easier with the attachment. Take your GIANT ROUND BRUSH– and working in 1-4 inch sections (depending on hair thickness) start slowing twisting your hair around the round brush. Remember- the larger the brush the more volume you will add.
- Focus the heat on the hair that is curled around the brush. Use medium heat so you don’t scorch your hair. Hold hair in place on the brush and dry completely.
- Before unrolling hair- let the hair cool. This will help the volume to last longer.
- Repeat all over hair until dry.
- If this technique doesn’t work for you, or you just honestly can’t master using the large round brush (like me)- this is what I recommend: Dry your hair as best as you can with the round brush as this really is the best way to add volume. Then when your hair is 90% dry, roll this section of hair into a velcro roller. Finish drying completely and continue with the rest of your hair. Leave the rollers in for as long as you can. I usually will do my makeup and get dressed before removing them. Once your hair is cooled and you remove the velcro rollers- your hair is gonna be touching heaven! Texas cowgirl levels of volume!
Step # 5: Add a Texturizing Spray or Hairspray
Now that your hair has mega-volume, you can style as you wish. I like to wand-curl my hair all the way around and then roughly finer comb the curls out. Great for achieving that wavy/ messy/ sexy hair. Hit your style with either a medium hold hairspray or a texturizing spray. If you are looking for a rough and sexy look, def choose a texture spray. This give yours hair that fun playful edge. Of course I have a recommendation for you- Navy Pebble Beach Dry Texture Spray.
This stuff slaps. It will give your hair a full-bodied hold without weighing it down. Literally made to capture that tousled, sexy beach hair. I have crazy fine hair and this add so much volume to it. I am obsessed.
Step # 6: Dry Shampoo for Lasting Style
Ok- you are ready to hit the town with your beautiful, bouncy and volumized hair. Don’t forget- when you get home, before you crawl into bed, hit your roots with dry shampoo. You want to preserve this insane amount of work you just did on your locks for as long as possible! So make sure you start your routine ASAP to preserve it. If you want to learn more about training your hair to wash less- check out my in-depth step by step guide.
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